May 23, 2019

Alfond restroom ‘vision’

I attended the first home game of University of Maine hockey team. I was happy to see the new scoreboard and video screen, “Black Bear Vision.” It cost somebody thousands of dollars, but it’s a necessary addition to keep up with other arenas. I just wish that a small amount of the consideration that went into Black Bear Vision had extended to making repairs in the ladies restroom on the College Avenue side of the arena. I was more disappointed about the atrocious conditions there than I was with the loss of the game. (At least the players were working hard.)

This is our 17th season as hockey season ticket holders. Our first year the arena was newly expanded and everything was shiny and new. As far as I can see the only thing done in the restroom since 1992 was to finally supply soap at the sinks. Whether from abuse or just 17 years of use, now so many latches on the stall doors are broken that only two or three close securely.

If this season is like those in the recent past the restroom will be dirty even before the first hockey fan arrives.

Is this the impression the University of Maine wishes to extend to visitors from away? The Alfond is used for many functions. I know money is tight but I don’t believe it would take much money to fix these problems.

Linda Manning


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